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Megan Bayles, junior public relations major, received first place in a national public relations scholarship competition. Bayles is the first student from Southwestern Pennsylvania to have received the Betsy Plank PRSSA Scholarship. The award is granted annually to three public relations students who demonstrate dedication to the field, practical experience, academic excellence and proven leadership. Winners were announced at the PRSSA National Conference in Washington, D.C. in October of 2014. For first place, Bayles received a $5,000 award. An article Bayles wrote was the focus of a feature article published in the Winter 2015 edition of Forum—the online national newsletter for PRSSA. 

Jordan Mitrik, junior public relations major, received the Bob O’Gara Scholarship. He was recognized at the 2015 PRSA Renaissance Awards, which were held on Jan. 29, 2015, at the Renaissance Hotel in Pittsburgh.

Bill Molzon, assistant professor of communication and director of TV Operations, became the University Relations Manager for the Pittsburgh section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. 

Jennifer Schouppe, a junior communication major with a focus in journalism and electronic media, was named the winner of the 2015 Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship in May of 2015. The Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association (PWPA) offers the Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship to current junior, senior and graduate students pursuing a career in print journalism. 

Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, accompanied three students to the Society of Professional Journalists Ted Scripps Leadership Institute Nov. 14-16, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. Students networked in this small-group conference with 20 other professional journalists, college students, and SPJ staffers. 

In the summer of 2014, WCYJ-FM, Waynesburg University’s student radio station, received its license renewal from the Federal Communications Commission. 

The fifth annual sports announcing camp took place Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26, 2014, and hosted 23 students.  The five-year total for the camp is 160 students (150 different students). 

Twenty-eight students from the Department of Communication completed internships over the summer of 2014 with companies including WPXI-TV; the Carnegie Science Center; Hasbro, Inc.; the Pony League (International) Baseball Association; Pittsburgh CLO; and Cornerstone Television, Inc.  

The Yellow Jacket was named a finalist for two top regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in March of 2015. 

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) also recognized the Yellow Jacket in March of 2015 with three Student Keystone Press Awards in Division II, the category for four-year colleges and universities with enrollment under 10,000 students within the commonwealth. The Yellow Jacket’s PNA awards include first place in the category “Ongoing News Coverage” for the series “Administration overhauls academic calendar” by Nicholas Farrell, senior sports broadcasting/sports information major, John Lydic, junior sports broadcasting/sports information major, Jacob Meyer, sophomore journalism major, and Kimmi Baston, sophomore journalism major; first place in the “Feature Story” category for “Nursing a life of stress” by Rebecca Burcham, senior journalism major; and an honorable mention for sports story “Jacket football writes history with a tale of two kicks” by Farrell

The Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter hosted its fifth annual Public Relations Week April 13 to 17, 2015. The week consisted of 12 programs, all of which were held on the main campus of Waynesburg University. Public Relations Week includes a series of professional development events and workshops intended for students pursuing communication-related fields. 

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Dr. Evonne A. Baldauff, chairperson for the chemistry and forensic science department and associate professor of chemistry, attended the 2015 ACS Leadership Institute.

Michael Cipoletti, assistant professor of forensic science, received the 2015 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with a history of teaching excellence.

Dr. Bradley Davis was named the assistant professor of chemistry in the fall of 2014. He received his B.S. degree from Waynesburg University and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Chad Keyes was named assistant professor of chemistry in the fall of 2014. He received his B.S. degree from Ball State University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was selected to receive the “Outstanding Chapter Award” from the American Chemical Society for the fifth consecutive year in December of 2014. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2012-13 academic year. Waynesburg University was one of only 44 chapters selected to receive the “Outstanding Award.”

The Waynesburg University ACS chapter was instrumental in planning undergraduate programming at the ACS Central Eastern Regional Meeting (CERM) held Wednesday, Oct. 29, through Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the Doubletree Hotel in Greentree, Pa. Prior to the event, the ACS chapter wrote a grant and was awarded $2,800 from the ACS undergraduate office. The monetary award was used to plan and fund the meeting. 

Students of Waynesburg University’s Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science traveled to the Community College of Allegheny County, South Campus, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, and Saturday, March 28, 2015, to work the Southwestern Pennsylvania Science Bowl. The Science Bowl is an academic competition where regional teams from middle and high schools showcase their expertise and compete against one another in a question-and-answer format similar to the television show Jeopardy. Questions covered biology, math, chemistry, physics, energy, and earth and space science. In addition to sending volunteers, Waynesburg University served as a sponsor for the event. 

The Waynesburg University Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science hosted Girl Scout Day Saturday, March 21, 2015. Organized in conjunction with the West Virginia Black Diamond Girl Scout Council, the Forensic Science Club and the Criminal Justice Club, the program was designed for Girl Scout troop members to earn a badge while learning about the sciences. According to Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science, the Forensic Science Club and Criminal Justice Club both have a dedication to service. Reflecting Waynesburg University’s mission, both clubs are constantly seeking ways to utilize their knowledge and enthusiasm for the field. 

The Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science at Waynesburg University hosted Science Day Thursday, April 16, 2015. Organized in conjunction with the Office of Admissions and the American Chemical Society, local high school students and University applicants had the opportunity to spend the day as a science student, enjoying hands-on activities and lectures by students and faculty as well as demonstrations. 

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Dr. Mark Ahlseen was named associate professor of business administration in the fall of 2014. He received his B.S. degree from Taylor University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Scott Byrd, senior accounting major, was voted as the Boris Ivezic scholarship award winner in economics for the 2014- 2015 academic year.

Joshua Chicarelli, assistant professor of business administration, Dr. Christian Ola, chairperson for the business administration department and assistant professor of business administration, and Neely Lantz, instructor of business administration, served as moderators for the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA) annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., in October 2014. Chicarelli also presented at the AAA (American Accounting Association) Feb. 27- 28, 2015. 

Dr. Ola’s paper, “Stock Market Response to CEO Changes: Does Gender Matter?” was accepted for publication in the 2015 edition of International Journal of Business and Management.


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Isaiah Cochran, senior biology pre-medical major, obtained a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Harvard University, focusing on autism spectrum disorder in the summer of 2014. Cochran was also elected to American Medical Student Association’s (AMSA) Global Health Chair in the spring of 2015.

Dr. Bryan Hamilton, professor of biology, took a group of students to the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) National Convention in Washington, D.C., from Feb. 27 to March 1, 2015. 

Michelle Hopkins, junior environmental science major, conducted an Environmental Protection Agency stream assessment summer internship in the summer of 2014.

Derrion May, junior marine biology major, completed an internship with Clemson Camp Sewee program as a Marine Science instructor/counselor in the summer of 2014.

Catelynn Pagone, junior forensic science major, completed an internship at Pittsburgh Zoo/Aquarium in the summer of 2014.

Dr. Janet Paladino, associate professor of biology, and Quincy Hathaway, senior environmental science major, were guests of the Greene County Conservation District in November 2014 for their project, “The Use of the Ames Assay to Detect Adverse Biological Effects Resulting from Exposure to By-Products of the Coal and Natural Gas Industries.” Hathaway also studied nanotechnology through a Research Experience for Undergraduates at West Virginia University in the summer of 2014. 

Dr. Wayne Rossiter, assistant professor of biology, was a speaker at the 2014 Momentum Conference for Teens for Christ in July. Dr. Rossiter also signed a contract to become an editorial subject chief for the Journal of Coastal Life Medicine in December of 2014.

Marietta Wright, assistant professor of biology, received the 2015 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a faculty member with teaching excellence in introductory subject.

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Brandon Daughtry, senior athletic training major, presented a poster presentation at the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association Annual meeting in Philadelphia (Jan. 9-12, 2015).  

Emily Mullady, senior athletic training major, Jake Shultz, senior athletic training major, and Savannah Paladin, junior athletic training major, volunteered as medical staff for the Special Olympics Winter Games in Johnston, Pa. in February of 2015.

Dr. Drue Stapleton, athletic training program director, assistant professor of athletic training and assistant athletic trainer, attended an Athletic Training Educators conference in Dallas, Texas in February of 2015.


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